To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious.
While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. The image of a reporter showing up to a scene with a pen and a pad is iconic but lost to the vestiges of time.
I am asked frequently about the future of newspapers and, in particular, what does a successful future look like. For journalists, to be successful is to command multiple technologies and share news with readers in new and exciting ways.
One example of what the future may hold for journalists lies with Google Glass and the likely explosion of wearable tech. Experts such as Robert Hernandez, Journalism Professor at the University of Southern California, suggest that technology is advancing so quickly it is only a matter of time before mobile is outdated and replaced by wearable.
Think about the unlimited potential that wearable technology would provide for journalists. Hernandez is preparing to teach a class at USC this fall, entitled Glass Journalism, which will focus solely on this potential. By focusing on wearable technology today and developing strategies for its use, newspapers are in the position to be trend-setters in using Glass to record interviews, take photos and publish content using a device that could become as ubiquitous as a cell phone.
We use technology in our daily lives to keep up with our social circles. Newspapers are using technology to ensure we can stay connected to the news, and thus, our community—whether local, national or global. In Missouri, The Columbia Daily Tribune is literally mapping out what happens every day thanks to data-mapping technology.